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UN Wire Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -UN affirms chemical-weapons report is "thoroughly objective"

September 19, 2013
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UN affirms chemical-weapons report is "thoroughly objective"
The United Nations' findings on the Aug. 21 chemical-weapons use in Syria are detailed in "a thoroughly objective report on that specific incident," said Martin Nesirky, a UN spokesman. Russia has said the report is one-sided. Reuters (9/18), The Guardian (London) (9/18), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/18)
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UN Dispatch
"[Iran's] Hassan Rouhani suddenly and unexpectedly freed 11 political prisoners today and it looks as if relations with the US are warming." UN Dispatch (9/19)
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UN's Amos: Instilling hope is essential to coping with crises
Coping with any world crisis means finding short-term and long-term solutions as well as helping governments become resilient, says Valerie Amos, chief of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "There have to be long-term solutions to give hope," she argues. Knowledge@Wharton (9/18)
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Health & Development
Action needed to stem future food crises, UNCTAD warns
Climate change requires immediate movement on sustainable agricultural practices to avoid disruptions in food security, especially in poorer countries, says a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report. Greater emphasis is needed on combating poverty and on giving the poor access to food that's wholesome and affordable, the report argues. The Guardian (London) (9/18)
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Aid for Syrian refugees needs to be increased, Oxfam says
Jordan and Japan are pledging more aid for Syrian refugees, but other donor countries need to contribute more to support humanitarian efforts, says an Oxfam report. "Donors must make real commitments at next week's meeting on Syria and ensure that the money is delivered as soon as possible ... The situation demands committed funds in order to save lives," the report says. Al Jazeera (9/19), Al Jazeera (9/19), News (9/18)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Dismantling Syria's chemical-weapons arsenal will take time, money
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview that it will take a year to dispose of the country's chemical-weapons stockpile at a cost of $1 billion. Reuters (9/18), Voice of America (9/19)
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Fight over mineral wealth fuels DR Congo strife
Sales of precious and rare metals continues to be a driver of the Democratic Republic of Congo's armed conflict, writes Jeffrey Gettleman. Conflict-free zones of mining are being established, but illegal activity continues to be profitable, he argues. National Geographic (10/2013)
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